Algerian stripped of silver medal

2001-08-18 14:25

Paris - Ali Saidi-Sief, who tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone during the recent world athletics championship, has been stripped of the 5 000m silver medal he won in Edmonton, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed on Saturday.

IAAF spokesman Giorgio Reineri said that the 23-year-old Algerian had been officially disqualified.

Saidi-Sief's disqualification favours Ethiopia's Million Wolde and Kenyan John Kibowen, who now receive the world silver and bronze medals respectively.

"The procedure has for the moment been finalised with the positive results from the A and B samples. Saidi-Sief is disqualified," said Reineri.

Second behind Kenyan Richard Limo in Edmonton, Saidi-Sief also faces a two-year ban.

The Olympic silver medallist over 5 000m said that he was ready to fight to prove his innocence.

"I've always fought and condemned the use of doping products in sports.

"I'm amazed at the results of these tests since I underwent anti-doping controls on June 21 at Angers (France), on July 12 another spot test in Oslo, and another at Front-Romeu (France)," said Saidi-Sief, who must now appear before an Algerian Athletics Federation (FAA) hearing.

The FAA have called on the IAAF to carry out an evaluation of all the medicines taken by the athlete which were prescribed to him by his doctor.

Saidi-Sief did not compete in Friday night's Zurich Golden League meeting telling organisers that he was unable to run "for family reasons". - AFP